Western Digital Corporation has, today, announced the launch of two new types of drives. The drives include the new SSD and My Passport.

The SSDs launched include the WD Blue and WD Green, the first WD-branded SATA client SSDs. With their recent acquisition of SanDisk, it was inevitable that the company would release their first branded SSDs before too long.



The WD Blue SSD is built for performance and will be available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacitites, with pricing starting from R1399 from mid November 2016. The SSD boasts sequential read and write times at 540MB/s and 500MB/s for the 250 GB drive and 545MB/s and 525MB/s for the 500 GB and 1TB drive.


The WD Green SSD is built for customers looking for affordable performance, and is a suitable option for first-time SSD buyer. The unit is available in 120GB and 240GB capacities. WD Green boasts sequential read and write times at 540MB/s and 405MB/s, respectively, and will be available later in Q4 2016.


My Passport

WD has also redesigned the My Passport, My Passport for Mac and My Book HDDs, which have been highly recognised leading sellers for more than a decade. The redesign has spawned from the partnership with fuseproject, an award-winning industrial design and branding firm.


The My Passport and My Passport for Mac have capacities up to 4TB, while the My Book desktop up to 8TB, all of which include automatic backup software. The My Passport drives also include password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The My Passport will retail starting at R1299, the My Passport for Mac from R1399, and the My Book desktop HDD from R1699.


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